Allergy Papers: Study of Initial Response and Reversion Rates of Subjects Treated with the Allergy Technique by Judith Swack, Ph.D.
In October, 1987, Tim Halbom and Suzi Smith published an article in Anchor Point entitled “The Allergy Technique”.1 It described in detail a neurolinguistic programming (NLP) technique derived from a procedure developed by Robert Dilts which was designed to eliminate allergic symptoms. (The technique is also described in two later books2,3). The article described some case histories and claimed that most allergy reversals are immediate with 29 successes in 32 cases. As a research biochemist with extensive training in the field of human immunology4-9, I was intrigued with their results.
As a Master Practitioner of NLP I had acquired the skills necessary to reproduce the technique as described. Thus I performed a two year prospective study of allergy subjects designed to answer the following questions:
1. How many clients initially respond to the allergy technique by becoming asymptomatic, and
2. How long does the subject maintain this now normal immune response?
This report is divided into sections as follows:
Taken together, these studies suggest a model to explain the ability of an individual to modulate allergic responses using mental techniques. Thoughts generated at the conscious and unconscious level may be transmitted as neural impulses directly to mast cells where an allergic response can be either initiated or inhibited by neurotransmitters regardless of the presence or absence of allergen. The Allergy Technique and the Modified Allergy Technique are examples of two specific protocols that directly harness the power of the mind to regulate mast cell response.